Lviv Opinion

The Editor Vs The Oligarchs

Issue 110, March 2018.
Vitaly Sych first made his name as the long-serving editor of Ukraine’s top current affairs weekly, but he cemented his reputation by resigning rather than bowing to Yanukovych era censorship. He is now back at the helm of a new journalistic empire that aims to challenge the media monopoly of Ukraine’s oligarch elite

Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season

Issue 110, March 2018.
Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal, when we throw off the shackles of winter and walk confidently into the new day. It’s also the perfect time to get your body back on track and feeling fabulously balanced. The truth is, during winter, it’s easy to get out of whack. With lots of heavy foods, shorter days, not enough sunlight and the feeling of being strangled underneath all those winter woolies, it’s no surprise we come into spring feeling less than our best. But there is a solution, some simple things you can do to get back on top of the game. Why just spring clean your house when you can spring clean your body?

VISA ranking

Issue 109, February 2018.
Ukraine first among CIS countries in 2018 global passport index thanks to EU visa-free access EU visa breakthrough helps Ukraine climb from 58 to 44 in annual global Visa Restrictions Index survey of travel freedom

Tribute to Inventive Women

Issue 109, February 2018.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements regardless of their national, ethnic, linguistic, economic, or political backgrounds. Feminism should be practiced every day. The idea of women having equal rights to men isn’t an agenda, it should be the way of life. But we all need a boost, and International Women’s Day has been lifting women up for over a century. The eighth of March is a day to celebrate the women you admire and pay tribute to women who developed or are currently developing creative technologies to solve problems.

The 2018 Crystal Ball: Ukraine is on the Brink, But of What?

Issue 108, January 2018.
January has returned, and along with it comes our annual ‘Year in Review’ issue. Flip through to discover all the reasons that made Lviv such a special place to be in 2017. But if you want to know what the city and country has in store, keep reading.

Can Ukraine Really Afford More Holidays?

Issue 107, December 2017.
The Ukrainian government just officially recognised Catholic Christmas. It still recognises Orthodox Christmas. Can it really afford the world’s longest Christmas season?

Harmony with Brown Bears

Issue 107, December 2017.
Bears are beloved in Ukraine. Not only are they the national symbol of the Zakarpattia region, but they are prevalent in circuses, zoos, and pop culture – like in the popular Masha i Medved (Masha and the Bear). Unfortunately, bears are not always treated well in the area, as they continue to be poached and are subjected to serious mistreatment by business ventures like circuses, private zoos, or even unscrupulous tourist venues.

Gearing Up for Ukrainian Christmas and Malanka

Issue 107, December 2017.
If you think the holiday season ends on New Year’s 2018 – think again! There’s the Ukrainian holiday season still to come! Have you ever wondered why Ukrainians celebrate Christmas at a different time than in the West? It has to do with the old Julian calendar and the Orthodox and Eastern-rite churches that still use it. Due to small inaccuracies in the calendar, it was ditched nearly 500 years ago for the modern Gregorian one we use today.

Irish experience can help reverse Ukraine’s brain drain

Issue 106, November 2017.
Ukraine can learn from Ireland’s diaspora engagement initiatives and FDI successes Ireland’s history shares many similarities with Ukraine. We have also had our famines, foreign imperial rule, struggles for independence, and violent conflict zones. Like Ukraine, Ireland also has a long history of mass emigration. The reversal of this trend in the 1990s helped build Ireland’s famed “Celtic Tiger” economy. As Ukraine seeks ways to stem the flow of citizens seeking opportunities abroad, Ireland’s experience may offer useful insights that could help reverse the current brain drain threatening Ukraine’s future prosperity.

Why independent Ukraine is the ultimate post-Habsburg nation

Issue 105, October 2017.
Twenty-six years since it first gained independence, people still routinely refer to today’s Ukraine as a post-Soviet country. The Soviet experience, together with the Russian imperial epoch that came before it, are widely accepted as the definitive historical foundations underpinning the modern Ukrainian state. This highly Kremlin-centric perspective on Ukrainian history completely ignores the major roles played by numerous other powers in the formation of the Ukrainian nation, such as the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire.